Indictments issued in murder, kidnapping cases

Published 3:00 am Saturday, July 7, 2018

Two people have been served indictments on charges of Class A Felonies following a grand jury session Wednesday.

Alexis Shantell Boswell, 26, has been indicted on a charge of murder in connection with a death investigation Troy police performed in March 2017.

Police responded to a residence in the 100 block of Daisy Court on March 6, 2017 to find Bernard Farrior, 65, deceased inside the home.

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Troy Police Chief Randall Barr said at the time that Boswell was charged with capital murder because evidence at the scene indicated that the killing may have occurred during the commission of a first-degree robbery. He did not provide further details about that evidence.

Boswell was found by the Jackson Police Department just before midnight Tuesday and returned to Pike County to be booked into jail on the charge.

Capital murder is punishable by death or up to life in prison.

Timothy Garland Latty, 43, was indicted on multiple charges during the grand jury session including first-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault.

Latty was arrested after a Geneva man showed up bloody at a Birmingham convenience store saying that he had been beaten and kidnapped at knifepoint.

Sheriff Russell Thomas explained that Latty and the victim, Joseph Craig Chancellor, knew each other and said Chancellor was driving Latty to Birmingham voluntarily. That changed, Thomas said, in Pike County.

““When they got north of Troy, (Chancellor) told (Latty) that he could get a ride the rest of the way,” Thomas said. “Then (Latty) beat (Chancellor) and pulled a knife on him and forced him into the passenger seat.”

Thomas said Latty drove Chancellor all the way to Birmingham before exiting the vehicle, at which time Chancellor drove to a nearby convenience store and reported being kidnapped.

Thomas said the crime began in Pike County, so the charges were filed here and must go through the local circuit court.

The first-degree robbery charge is a Class A Felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison. The second-degree kidnapping charge is a Class B Felony. Second-degree assault is a Class C Felony.

Many other indictments were handed down during the grand jury session and officials are still serving the indictments.